N THE following interview, Stuart Clark offers up a very interesting insight, especially in the context of today’s youth development camps and talent ID systems. Coming into the Australian national cricket team back in 2006 at the age of 30 meant Clark was already his own bowler. There was no journey of discovery in front of the NSW quick. He was what he was: super-consistent and reliable with the ball. The Aussie selectors needed someone resembling Glenn McGrath for their tour of South Africa, in the days of wife Jane’s illness. In Clark, they had it.
Going on to enjoy a 24-Test and 39-ODI career, Clark these days is the Chief Operating Officer at the New South Wales Rugby League, and is slowly nursing home the delivery of the Blues’ brand-new Centre of Excellence at Sydney Olympic Park, among many other things league-related. Fair to say he has certainly kicked on since his cricketing career, but with the international stuff about to get underway on these shores for another summer, we asked him to reflect on his time in the national side, and how things have changed ... and stayed the same.